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10 June 17, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC COMMENTARY www.upcatholic.org B aseball is by far the most Catholic of the sports on which we lavish such attention and passion. Because its played without a clock, baseball is like the liturgy: a foretaste of the time-beyond-time, which is Gods time, which is eternity. Baseball is also spatially es- chatological or infinite: in theory, a baseball ield could extend forever - as center field in New Yorks old Polo Grounds seemed to do, except when patrolled by a higher spirit in human form who made space (and Vic Wertzs home run in the 1954 World Series) disappear: Willie Mays. And lets not forget baseball and Catholic social doctrine. The social doctrine has four foundational principles - human dignity, the common food, subsidiarity, and solidarity. Each of them may be found in baseball, a game played by communitarian individuals who live freedom for excellence such that personal achievement contributes to the general wel- fare through a well-ordered division of hier- archical responsibilities exercised in coopera- tive teamwork. (I once tried to explain this to Pope St. John Paul II: without success, alas.) The Catholicity of baseball also extends to many of the pastimes noblest people, on and off the field. Two of them come to mind as the 2016 season unfolds. The first is Bill Freehan, an 11-time All-Star catcher for the Detroit Tigers who deserves a good look by the committee responsible for correcting the mistakes made by earli- er Hall of Fame voters. Freehan's greatest season was 1968. And without him the Tigers wouldnt have won the World Series that year, for he made the crucial play at the plate that prevented the Cardinals Lou Brock from scoring, thus turning the tide in game five, which the Tigers went on to win - along with games six and seven. Freehan's daughter Cathy is a member of my parish and I had the pleasure of meeting the Tiger great on a few occasions when he was visiting his grandchildren. We talked, as baseball people do, of the past: He told me how much hed enjoyed competing against Frank and Brooks Robinson of my Orioles, and he loved the story of how Baltimore fans bombarded showboating Reggie Jackson with hot dogs dispensed from the upper deck when Reggie played his first game in Memo- rial Stadium after abandoning Baltimore for the fleshpots of New York and the overbear- ing Yankees. Bill Freehan, a serious Catholic and a true sportsman, is now in hospice care, another victim of Alzheimers Disease. He has my support in prayer and I hope he has yours, too - even if you're a St. Louis fan with un- happy memories of 1968. Then theres 88-year-old Vin Scully, wholl retire from the Los Angeles Dodgers broad- cast booth at the end of this season, having called games involving Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson, and Clayton Kershaw over the course of an extraordinary six-decade career. If Scully's mentor and former partner, Red Barber, was the soft-spo- ken, southern-accented master of the homely analogy - This game is tighter than a new pair of shoes on a rainy day - Scully brings to his work the perspective of a philosopher at ease with the human condition, perhaps irst formed by the liberal arts education he received at Fordham University shortly after World War II - Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. [Pause.] Arent we all? Vin Scully has lived through tragedies that would have crushed or embittered others: the death of a wife; the death of a son. He openly credits the Catholic faith with which he grew up in the Bronx as his life's anchor. You can ind him on Sunday at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Westlake Village, Calif., being fed by word and sacrament before he brings a lifetime of learning and that melodious voice into the homes, cars, and ear-buds of millions later in the afternoon, from his post behind the microphone at Chavez Ravine. Bill Freehan and Vin Scul- ly: two craftsmen, two family men, two gentlemen, two Catholics, both heading into the twilight. They will be missed, above all for the ex- ample of decency, nurtured by faith, they set for us all. THE CATHOLIC DIFFERENCE George Weigel Bill Freehan, Vin Scully and the Catholic game (CNA/EWTN News) - Mother Angelica, the nun who founded EWTN, has been posthumously hon- ored for her lifetime achievement in Catholic com- munications. One of her close col- laborators said she wanted Catholic media to rely totally on God. The Catholic Academy of Com- munication Professionals on June 2 awarded Mother Angelica its presi- dents medallion during the Gabriel Awards gala at the Catholic Media Conference in St. Louis, Mo. Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN Global Catholic Network chairman and CEO, accepted the award. He said Mother Angelica had spoken with him about her expected legacy. She said her legacy, and the legacy of the network, would not be what had been done, but how it had been done - by relying totally and completely on the providence of God, Warsaw said. So I would encourage everyone, particularly those in Catholic media, to follow Mother's example of relying upon Gods providence in your own lives as you work to spread the Gospel. Mother Angelica, a Poor Clare nun, passed away on Easter Sunday, 2016 at the age of 92. She had founded EWTN in Irondale, Ala. on Aug. 15, 1981. The network, now in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. It provides Catholic media through television, radio, the inter- net, print services like the National Catholic Register and wire services like Catholic News Agency. The Catholic Academy of Communications Pro- fessionals serves broadcasters, communications directors, public relations personnel, and other professionals who use media to serve the Church. The academy previously recognized Mother Angelica in 1984 when it gave her its personal achievement award for founding EWTN. Mother Angelica honored by Catholic media for life of service Including Massage Therapy Rvbmjuz gvsojuvsf bu xipmftbmf qsjdft A Catholic family owned & operated company since 1979 Members of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan Ejojoh Sppn Pggjdf Gvsojuvsf Nbuusfttft Vqipmtufsfe Tfut Ljudifo Dbcjofut Cbuisppn Dbcjofut Cfesppn Mjwjoh Sppn Cretens Furniture Factory & Showroom Qfsljot Spbe Qfsljot NJ xxx dsfufotgvsojuvsf dpn N G Tbu Mpehf Dbnq boe Dpuubhf tuzmf gvsojtijoht Mother Angelica

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